The mobile phones of two of the five accused hold the key to finding details about the other women that were allegedly raped by the gang before the assaulted the 22-year-old photojournalist.
While the police found the phone belonging to Mohamed Ansari, the accused caught in Delhi, they are yet to find the one that Mohamed Shaikh alias Bangali used as he had sold it while on the run.
Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh said, “We found the mobile phone of Ansari, however, he has deleted the photograph of the survivor. We will send the phone to the Mumbai Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to retrieve the photograph.”
When asked if the accused were involved in other rape cases that have not been reported to the police, Singh said, “We have heard something like that and will investigate.”
An officer, requesting anonymity, said that they were hoping that the women the accused had assaulted in the past would come forward to complain now that this incident has come to light.
Another officer said, “The only other way to identify the women is if the accused have taken photographs of them."
The officer claimed that they know the shop where Shaikh had sold his mobile phone and should be able to find it soon.
“We are hoping that Shaikh has not deleted any of the photographs like Ansari has, so that we could trace the others survivors right away.”
The officer added, “We will make enquiries in the locality to find out about the other survivors.”